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Treasures of the Archives: Murder in the Archives: The Case of Marie Jeanette DePape

Marie Jeanette DePape’s cause of death is listed as “wounds (by murder).” Her death set off a scandal that rocked Spokane in 1898. Washington State Archives, Digital Archives.

Marie Jeanette DePape’s cause of death is listed as “wounds (by murder).” Her death set off a scandal that rocked Spokane in 1898. Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, Spokane County Auditor, Death Returns, 1888-1907, Marie - Depape - J.

In 2015, Archivist Allie Honican received what seemed an ordinary reference request. A researcher in France wanted more information about his great-great aunt. All the man knew was that the woman had died in Spokane in 1898, could Honican tell him anything more?

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